For friends and guests

[b]Artistic gallery opens at Union of Theatre Workers of Belarus[/b]Plenty of pleasant events usually take place during the festive Christmastide. Outstanding operetta prima donna Natalia Gaida, a People’s Artiste of Belarus, is magically transformed into Theodora Verdier in Emmerich Kбlmбn's Circus Princess or into Sylva from his Csбrdбsfьrstin.Ms. Gaida didn’t sing at the Union’s gallery’s opening but just the mention of the chance of performing her favourite pieces in the near future brought a smile to her face and a glint to her eye; her body language was clear. I was standing nearby and was able to overhear her conversation with the Chairman of the Theatre Workers’ Union, playwright Alexey Dudarev.“Ms. Gaida, will you be our hostess at the International Theatre Day,” Mr. Dudarev asked. “You’ll sing romances and arias from operettas and we’ll invite friends and will talk, as we did at the House of Arts…” Ms. Gaida eagerly agreed.
Artistic gallery opens at Union of Theatre Workers of Belarus

Plenty of pleasant events usually take place during the festive Christmastide. Outstanding operetta prima donna Natalia Gaida, a People’s Artiste of Belarus, is magically transformed into Theodora Verdier in Emmerich Kбlmбn`s Circus Princess or into Sylva from his Csбrdбsfьrstin.
Ms. Gaida didn’t sing at the Union’s gallery’s opening but just the mention of the chance of performing her favourite pieces in the near future brought a smile to her face and a glint to her eye; her body language was clear. I was standing nearby and was able to overhear her conversation with the Chairman of the Theatre Workers’ Union, playwright Alexey Dudarev.
“Ms. Gaida, will you be our hostess at the International Theatre Day,” Mr. Dudarev asked. “You’ll sing romances and arias from operettas and we’ll invite friends and will talk, as we did at the House of Arts…” Ms. Gaida eagerly agreed.
Later, she promised to grant me an interview for my column, which describes theatrical artistes.
The event brought together heads of Minsk theatres, stage directors and artists. Honoured Artiste of Belarus Tatiana Likhacheva arrived from Vitebsk while Dmitry Mokhov, a famous artist, set designer and a member of the UNESCO International Federation of Artists, was the hero of the day. Recently, in one of our magazine’s articles we spoke of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opera — a great success at the National Bolshoi Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. I mentioned Mr. Mokhov as a wonderful set designer, admiring the purity and transparency of his style and the dominance of his pastel colours. During the opening of the gallery, the guests were able to get acquainted with the artist and to view some of his sketches, models and posters from theatrical performances. A video film was also screened.
“In future, when such meetings become a tradition, we’ll stop remembering the atmosphere of the Arts House, or the Actor House, as we once called it, with nostalgia. We could go there to chat with theatre colleagues, see artists and set designers’ works, bring together young playwrights, celebrate premieres of performances and actors’ birthdays and invite prominent personalities from abroad. I hope that we`ll revive the opportunity to chat with great figures, as well as with each other, within the walls of our Union,” asserted Mr. Dudarev, speaking at the gallery opening.
He is clearly pleased to recollect the past, describing the days when he was climbing the artistic ladder, conquering the peaks of the most complex literary genre — dramaturgy. I watched as he met legends such as Vladimir Korotkevich, playwright Andrey Makaenok and People’s Artiste of the USSR and Russia Kirill Lavrov.
The House of Arts has re-opened modestly, as a gallery but also as a house for friends and guests, occupying the entire office of the Theatre Workers’ Union. All those attending the evening felt warm and comfortable within its walls.

By Valentina Zhdanovich
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